Dean Niewolny

  • Business

  • Engagement

  • Management

  • Non-Profit 

  • Leadership




About Dean Niewolny

Dean Niewolny spent 23 years in executive roles with three of Wall Street’s largest financial firms, finishing his career in the financial sector as market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago. While in Chicago, he and his wife, Lisa, traveled many times to Africa and, seeing the abject needs of widows and orphans, made life changes that enabled them to get involved, such as helping to complete an orphan home and a hospice home in Durbin, South Africa.

Dean Niewolny has been a top tier manager and successful executive in the financial service industry, as well as an active member of Willow Creek Community Church, along with his wife Lisa. It was through trips to Africa that they both felt a definite tug on their hearts for the orphaned and the widowed. They recently completed an orphan home outside of Durbin as well as helping support Orphan Network. In 2010 He left the marketplace to take on the role of Managing Director of Halftime

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Trade Up: How to Move from Just Making Money to Making a Difference

Program Description: With deep insight from his personal journey, Dean lays out the path to a career with purpose. (Sometimes the career changes; always the heart does.) In Trade Up, you get helpful self-assessment tools and clear steps wrapped in twenty years' worth of stories, hard-won wisdom, and grace.


  • Your worth is not based on your net worth

  • You are already valued

  • Is there something missing?

  • Purpose to make impact in other people’s lives no matter your position

Finding Purpose in Your Work – Finding your Purpose

Mad, Sad or Glad. How do you find your passion? What are you good at?

What are your strengths, what are your passions. Construction – how do you take what your passions are and package up your passions to create encouraging business leaders to channel first half achievement into a second half defined by joy, impact and balance. In 2010, Dean left his marketplace career to help more people who, like him, wanted to expand their own first half success and skills into passion and purpose for meeting human needs and making a significant difference.

  • Know what motivates you.

  • Analyze your personal goals and find a company that supports them.

  • Discover ways you can help make your company better.

  • Leaving a Legacy


A Significantly Successful Future

Everyone’s rules of success if defined differently. Getting a clear understanding of your strengths, gifts and passion. Critically important.

5 Things:

Taking care of your health

Flexibility and Adaptability

Finishing well

Spouse and family

Getting clear on your calling

  • Identifying and engaging your calling – joy, impact and balance

  • Aligned with your purpose and passion

  • Creating a Legacy


What People Are Saying…

Dean gives you a powerful strategic plan (blueprint) for undertaking a second-half career that is full of adventure and significance.
Management Staff
Dean helps others find more meaning and purpose, rather than that frantic pursuit of money and position has up to now provided them.
Leadership Staff
Dean is a natural leader and helps others increase their level of performance in whatever career path they choose

"The majority of us, however we define success, come to a time when having it for its own sake pales next to the real trophies of true direction: our effects on other lives, a chance to make a difference. And it’s never too late, or too early, to get it.”

- Dean Niewolny


Trade up

What does it take to feel good--and do good--in work? More money? Money falls short, says Dean Niewolny, whose finance career, four houses, boat, plane, and astronomical paycheck still left him restless. Call it smoldering discontent. Like most achievers, Dean found himself craving work that matters.

So Dean took the hard road to trade up, eventually landing at the helm of Halftime.

Now for almost anyone in any career--just starting, midway, or wrapping up--Dean has the goods. With deep insight from his personal journey, Dean lays out the path to a career with purpose. (Sometimes the career changes; always the heart does.) Readers get self-assessment tools and clear steps wrapped in twenty years worth of stories, hard-won wisdom, and grace. A person can know what he or she was wired to do--and how to get there.

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